Friday, 24 June 2011
Review: Easy and Elegant Copper Beaded Jewelry by Lora S. Irish
Bend It, Shape It , Anyway You Want It...Wire Jewelry
Prolific craft author and instructor, Lora Irish is back with a fresh volume of craft techniques ‑ this time on making wire jewelry.
Using inexpensive wire and tools commonly found around the home, readers will learn how to bend, twist and coil wire to create an endless variety of shapes for attractive necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Once readers master the basic wire shapes, they will learn how to create finished pieces by incorporating fasteners, earring hooks and cording. When these basic building blocks are mastered, readers will learn how to embellish their designs with beads and more complex designs. Practice projects, step‑by‑step instructions and a gallery of designs will show readers just how easy it is to get started in this fun and rewarding craft.
About the Author:
Lora S. Irish specializes in creating original, detailed designs that capture the authenticity and character of popular subjects. Her success as an artist is not only based on the precise illustrations born from extensive research into the origins, history and physiology of her subjects, but by an ability to render her work with the proper color, shading and visual texture that allows an artist to clearly understand the subject and successfully translate the patterns into any medium. As a result, artists have beautifully rendered her patterns and designs in many different forms: body art, paint, pyrography, pencil and ink, needlepoint, stained glass, woodcarving, engraving, stamping, and now jewelry.
With over 100,000 books in print, Lora’s popular portfolio of titles include the best-selling Great Book of Tattoo Designs, as well as several others in the series, like Great Book of Celtic Patterns, Great Book of Fairy Patterns,
Great Book of Floral Patterns, and Great Book of Dragon Patterns.
She’s also written several books on woodcarving, woodburning and wood scrolling as well as being a frequent contributor to WoodCarving Illustrated and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazines.
Written in easy to follow language and accompanied by step by step photographic instructions, this book is suitable for both the beginner beader and those who are advanced beaders. In this book, Irish explains everything from the required tool kit to the most decorative of loops, then provides instructions to make beautiful jewelry using the techniques that she has just taken the crafter through.
As someone who has dabbled in beading jewelry, I thought this book was fantastic, and only wish that I had a print copy of this book in my hot little hands. This book is a worthy addition to any beader's library.
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Publication Date: 1 April 2011
Note: I received pre-release access to this book free from the publisher via NetGalley for the purposes of review. I am not required to give a positive review, just an honest one. The opinions expressed are my own.